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John Knowles (1) (1926–2001)

Auteur van A Separate Peace

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John Knowles was born in Fairmont, W.Va., on September 16, 1926. He began prep school at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire from 1942 to 1944 and was then inducted into the U.S. Army Air Corps. After World War II ended, he attended Yale University, graduating in 1949, and then worked as a toon meer reporter for the Hartford Courant. He eventually turned to freelance writing, often writing articles about travel. This took him to Europe where he spent much of the 1950s. In addition to this writing, he served as editor for Holiday magazine for a time. A Separate Peace, his first novel, was published in 1959 in England and the United States. Set in a prep school much like Exeter, the novel takes place during World War II and is about the impact of the war on young men on the homefront; the troubled relationship of the two main characters symbolizes the fear and suspicion that can lead to war between nations. Knowles received the William Faulkner Foundation Award for a First Novel and the Independent School Education Board Award. A Separate Peace continues to be one of the most widely read novels in high schools and colleges. Knowles's subsequent novels include Morning in Antibes (1962), A Vein of Riches (1978), which is set in his native West Virginia, and Peace Breaks Out (1981) which returns to the setting of A Separate Peace. He also wrote a non-fiction book, Double Vision: American Thoughts Abroad (1964). He remains best known, however, for his first novel. John Knowles has lived on Long Island, N.Y. since the early 1960s. (Bowker Author Biography) toon minder
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Werken van John Knowles

A Separate Peace (1959) 12,813 exemplaren
Peace Breaks Out (1981) 401 exemplaren
Indian Summer (1965) 119 exemplaren
Phineas (1968) 101 exemplaren
The Paragon (1971) 60 exemplaren
A Separate Peace With Connections (1985) 58 exemplaren
A Stolen Past (1983) 42 exemplaren
Spreading Fires (1974) 21 exemplaren
Morning in Antibes (1962) 18 exemplaren
A vein of riches (1978) 16 exemplaren
A Separate Peace [2004 TV movie] (2004) — Writer — 12 exemplaren
The Private Life of Axie Reed (1986) 11 exemplaren
Backcasts (1993) 2 exemplaren
Blitzball 1 exemplaar
The Trap 1 exemplaar

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I love the writing! The story was sad, but I expected it to be with a title like that and with the time period it's set in (WW II).

I listened to it on audiobook, and the narrator was really good. The voice he used for each character fit their personality so well (in fact, you could guess their personalites by their voices alone).
 
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Dances_with_Words | 189 andere besprekingen | Jan 6, 2024 |
I think a lot of people read this in high school, but I didn't. I decided to pick it up because I kept seeing it everywhere. My impressions:

1. There are almost no females in it. The lack of girls and the lack of interest in girls among these 16- to 18-year-old guys, made me think that the two main characters were in love with each other, which is probably just because I minored in gender studies. But, really, the total lack of anything sexual was an interesting choice.

2. This is a deep, dark book about living in wartime. I was reminded of how little the Iraq war affected my time in college compared to how tremendously WWII affected the boys at the boarding school in the story.

3. Obviously, this is also a story about the psychology of adolescence, particularly among young men, particularly in a competitive and isolated environment. The way they talked was so old-fashioned, though, that I kept picturing them as much younger, like 12 or 13.

4. How reliable of a narrator is Gene? Can Finny really be so perfect? I went back and forth on this. I kind of hated Gene, but I also felt so sorry for him.

5. Overall, a really fascinating book that I'm sorry to read all by myself with no professor to guide a discussion.
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LibrarianDest | 189 andere besprekingen | Jan 3, 2024 |
Worst Book I've Ever Read
 
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hubrisinmotion | 189 andere besprekingen | Nov 14, 2023 |
The book tells the story of boys at a boarding school in New Hampshire during 1942-43. The heart of the book is the relationships between the various boys at the school. It is primarily about the protagonist, Gene, and his friend Phineas, their friendship and their rivalry. But the war is an ever present background, which eventually intrudes in the story when one student leaves to enlist, and suffers a mental breakdown as a result, before he is ever sent overseas to fight. There is a surprising plot twist at the end.

Overall, this is a sad story, and I have mixed feelings about it.
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17
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13,716
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204
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